slouching towards bethlehem… surely it’s the second coming and the wrath has finally taken hold …

DIDION slouching-towards-bethlehem-9780374531386My favorite geniuses all seem to have resonated through and within one another and created from the synchronicity of those bells that ring in our collective soul, echoing and vibrating along the lines of connection … William Butler Yeats unto Joan Didion unto Joni Mitchell … and though I am no genius, today I was again trying to write a difficult passage and turned – as I often do – to Ms. Didion for inspiration only to find, later, a Yeats quote from “The Second Coming” Tweeted by a dear one … life is so … slouching toward Bethlehem … for all of us …

The Second Coming

By William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

 

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